The Supreme Court of Canada ruled this morning in favour of allowing physician-assisted death.

In the judgment, available here,  the court ruled that: Section 241 (b) and s. 14  of the Criminal Code  unjustifiably infringe s. 7  of the Charter  and are of no force or effect to the extent that they prohibit physician-assisted death for a competent adult person who (1) clearly consents to the termination of life and (2) has a grievous and irremediable medical condition (including an illness, disease or disability) that causes enduring suffering that is intolerable to the individual in the circumstances of his Continue reading →

Anne-Marie Dean of Hill House Hospice interviewed for Toronto Star item on dying in Ontario

An article in today’s edition of the Toronto Star, entitled “New report highlights need for better end-of-life care,” features an interview with Hill House Hospice Executive Director Anne-Marie Dean. “It’s all about comfort and it’s all about helping people live until the moment they die…” Anne-Marie told the Star. “Everybody deserves to have access to that.” We applaud Anne-Marie for being one of the many HPCO members working tirelessly to provide and expand hospice palliative care in their communities! Read the full article for more Continue reading →

Support HPCO on Giving Tuesday!

#GivingTuesdayCA has arrived, and we at HPCO would like to thank you for supporting the vital work our members do to provide care for those who need support in their last days. Will you please take a moment to visit our Giving Tuesday profile, make a donation, and spread the word? Make Your Donation Online Today In 2014, Visiting Volunteer Hospices have provided in-home support for more than 22,000 people facing end-of-life or coping with bereavement. Residential Hospices (hospices with beds) have cared for over Continue reading →

Don’t miss this month’s edition of HPCO’s email newsletter!

Later today, we’ll be sending the October edition of our email newsletter out to our community of hospice palliative care volunteers, donors and advocates. If you haven’t already done so, we invite you to subscribe, and to help us spread the word and shape the conversation! This newsletter is designed to provide you with news, resources, and information on ways you can support hospice palliative care, both in your community and throughout the province. You can unsubscribe at any later date, should you choose, via the newsletter itself.

The Conversation That Matters Most

Being Mortal, the latest book from Dr. Atul Gawande, hit the shelves yesterday. Slate has published an excerpt from the book, which we believe is well worth reading and sharing. It offers personal insight into a more humane approach to end-of-life care, and how it might be adopted throughout the field of medicine.

Canada is Working Towards a National Palliative Care Strategy

In a recent Op-Ed for the Huffington Post, MP Charlie Angus articulated the need for a unified national approach to hospice and palliative care. Work on this strategy began in earnest this past spring, when the Parliament of Canada supported the New Democrat Motion 456 on establishing a pan-Canadian palliative care strategy. “We have all lost a family member or loved one,” Angus writes. “How those loved ones were treated in their final days – whether through a holistic palliative service or while waiting for Continue reading →

HPCO’s email newsletter returns this week

After a summer hiatus, Hospice Palliative Care Ontario is excited to relaunch its email newsletter for hospice palliative care advocates and the general public. The first of our new emails will go out to subscribers on Wednesday, September 24, 2014. This newsletter is designed to provide you with news, resources, and information on ways you can support hospice palliative care, both in your community and throughout the province. If you haven’t already, we invite you to subscribe to this newsletter, and to help us spread the word and shape Continue reading →

House of Commons Passes Motion on Palliative Care

The House of Commons today passed Motion-456 calling for a Pan-Canadian strategy on palliative and end-of-life care.  The motion had overwhelming support of all parties in the house and is an important step forward for hospice palliative care in Canada.  The motion was introduced by NDP MP Charlie Angus and supported by all parties. The full text of the motion: M-456 — October 21, 2013 — Mr. Angus (Timmins—James Bay) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should establish a Pan-Canadian Palliative and Continue reading →

Ontario’s Doctors Launch End of Life Care Plan

TORONTO, May 28, 2014 /CNW/ – Have you thought about who would make decisions for you if you’re not in a position to make them for yourself? Only 25% of Canadians over age 30 have made end-of-life care plans and just over 40% of those over age 70 have done so.  People rarely talk about their end-of-life wishes and Ontario’s doctors want to change that. Today, OMA Past-President Dr. Scott Wooder officially launched a provincial framework to enhance care for people at the end of Continue reading →

Happy Nursing Week!

This is Nursing Week!  A sincere thanks to all nurses for the great care they provide every day! In addition to great care, nurses are the link between all of the people caring for someone with a progressive life-limiting illness. In home care, hospital units, complex continuing care, residential hospice, long-term care, and on interdisciplinary teams, nurses play a critical role. Thank you for compassionate, professional care and for bringing comfort to your patients and support to their family caregivers. For more information about nursing week, Continue reading →